As A Cosmic Black Hole Sucks All Light Into Darkness
"But as the days of Noah were,
The Rise of Violence, Lawlessness, and Immorality
God has spent a lot of time and effort describing and warning of a single generation which would one day rise to see the terrible realities and consequences of ignoring and rejecting God's Word and His many warnings in prophecy. We are told these prophecies are His way of preparing Mankind for the grave danger which now lies ahead, while also offering us a way "to ESCAPE all these things which will come to pass."
Much information is given in the Bible concerning the character, morals, and attitudes of the generation which will lead the world down into the terrors of the coming Apocalypse and Armageddon.
In the following prophecy, Jesus Christ warns the generation of the Apocalypse will be just like the generation living in the days of Noah, which God utterly destroyed with the Flood.
We will find there are TWO aspects to this prophecy which are important to learn and to understand ...
The Generation of Armageddon will be morally corrupt and filled with violence
Jesus warns ...
"But as the days of Noah
To help us understand this part of the prophecy, God DESCRIBES the generation of Noah ...
"The Earth was
(morally) CORRUPT before God,
So, our first prophetic clue is the Generation of Armageddon will be filled with violence and immorality.
Most of the generation will not realize the Apocalypse is near, and will not be prepared
"But as the days of
Then two men will be in
Some valuable insight ...
Just before bringing disaster upon Israel with a catastrophic judgment, God gave his prophets (and us) some valuable insight into determining when a generation has crossed His line of moral corruption.
God reveals to Jeremiah ...
"They were not at all
How many people do you know today over the age of 12 who still know how to blush?
The character of a generation is not only revealed or reflected by the news reports of global violence and immorality which we read about daily, but, it is also revealed by what entertains a generation. Simply look at the movies, television shows, video games, and internet sites to see what now entertains this generation today.
God also warns there will come a time just before the catastrophic judgment when a generation will no longer receive Godly warnings from the pulpits, and most of the people will be blindly unaware of the grave danger which now lies ahead.
God reveals to Amos ...
"Behold, the days are
coming," says the Lord GOD,
It is somewhat analogous to a tidal wave. When we see the water rapidly receding from the shore we know it's the sign a massive tidal wave which will destroy and devastate everything in its path is rapidly approaching. In our scenario, the water represents the teaching (and hearing) of the Word of God, the shore represents our churches and synagogues, and the devastating Tidal Wave represents the coming Apocalypse ... the fierce and terrible "Day of the Lord."
Jesus warns ...
"When you SEE these
Most people can't see because they don't know (and have never been taught) what to look for. Unfortunately, (and just as the Bible predicted), most of our churches and synagogues today either ignore, reject, or (for their lack of knowledge) simply avoid God's prophetic word, even though Bible Prophecy represents around 30% of the Bible!
Jesus warned of the religious leaders in His day who ignored all of the prophetic signs of His first coming ...
"They are blind
leaders of the blind.
How many churches (or synagogues) can you find today who ever teach any of the many prophetic signs we are told to diligently "watch" for concerning His return?
Later, God gave Peter (and us) some valuable insight into identifying the generation which will face the final catastrophic judgment upon the Earth.
God reveals to Peter ...
"Knowing this first:
So, our second prophetic clue is the Generation of Armageddon will be ignorant of the Bible Prophecies, and will not believe (or will even mock or ridicule) those who do take God's warnings seriously.
The Bible lists even more character traits
which will mark the Generation of Armageddon
"But know this,
Unfortunately, most of those born after 1967 will have a very difficult time realizing these character traits aren't normal, or that there ever was any difference in how people generally acted, spoke, and behaved. While those born in the 1950's or before can see and realize what a stark difference there is now in the generation alive today compared to those which came before. Yet, it was mainly those born between 1948 and 1960 who were powerfully seduced, led, and then swept into the darkness of this "new morality," which quickly changed the way churches (and synagogues) began to teach and follow God's Word.
The Generation of Armageddon will be marked by 'Lawlessness'
"Now as He (Jesus) sat on
the Mount of Olives,
Jesus warns many who call themselves Christians will practice Lawlessness
ANOTHER prophetic warning against 'Lawlessness' ...
"The Son of Man
(Jesus ... see Daniel 7:13-14)
'Lawlessness' IS a major prophetic sign
One objective here is to simply provide a mechanism to help people test to see if Bible Prophecies are now being fulfilled (or preparing to be fulfilled) in this generation. As we read above, the Bible warns "Lawlessness will abound." Lawlessness refers to large segments of a generation denying, ignoring, or rejecting God's Law as found in the Bible. We will also see it even applies to those who just "approve of those" who do such things.
So, our third prophetic clue is the Generation of Armageddon will abound with Lawlessness.
Keeping this in mind, there are three rising social issues that are worth looking into and considering from a Biblical perspective. Could any (or all) of these three current social issues qualify as prophetic "Lawlessness?"
What DOES the Bible say about Homosexuality, Abortion, and Lying (Deceiving)?
The question here is not whether a person agrees or disagrees with God's Law, it is simply to help determine what the Bible actually says about these things.
Each reader needs to objectively decide on their own whether these current social issues which we have seen rise to prominence so quickly in this generation would qualify as "Lawlessness" from both a Biblical and Prophetic perspective.
What DOES the Bible (God's Law) say about Homosexuality?
"You shall not lie with a
male as with a woman.
"If a man lies with a
male as he lies with a woman,
“A woman shall not wear
anything that pertains to a man,
"Do you not know that the
In the following passage we find the Bible goes on to warn that God's Law also applies to those who simply "Approve of" these things ...
"For the wrath of God is
revealed from Heaven
(Other offenses were also included which are not listed here.)
In the verse above, we are given a prophetic warning to all those who simply "approve of" these things. We will find in a later chapter this also applies to churches and church leaders as well when we review those Bible prophecies which warn that many churches will “fall away” from God's Word and “will depart from the faith" and "will no longer endure sound doctrine" around the time of the Apocalypse and Armageddon.
Bible Prophecy ALSO warns that Sodom and Gomorrah were given as "examples" and warnings for a future generation ...
"As Sodom and Gomorrah,
"And turning the cities
Taken from both the Old and New Testaments, all the verses above relating to homosexuality are given because they represent a portion of God's Law as found in the Bible from both a Jewish and a Christian point of view.
The verses we have just read also reveal God's Law is not ambiguous concerning homosexuality. If we do our homework, we will discover that Homosexuality is nothing new. At the time the Apostle Paul wrote the verses above homosexuality was rampant throughout the ancient Roman Empire. Roman Emperor Nero once married a man who was dressed as the bride, and on another occasion, Emperor Nero himself dressed as the bride as he married another man. However, the generation alive today is the first generation since the fall of the ancient Roman Empire to embrace, promote, and approve of homosexuality in such a decisive and overt manner.
Since the objective here is to provide the reader with a relevant and timely selection of Bible Prophecies in order to help test to see if we are getting close to the coming Apocalypse, it is up to each individual reader to determine for themselves whether or not these current social issues are prophetically significant.
What DOES the Bible say about Abortion?
"Were your acts of
“And you shall not
"By causing them (babies) to pass through the fire"... Back then, unwanted babies were "offered" to a false god Molech (a demon-god of lust and pleasure) by placing the baby onto the glowing red-hot arms of a small bronze statue which was placed in the fire.
God says a lot about this killing of unwanted babies (sometimes described as "passing sons and daughters through the fire" and "shedding innocent blood") in the Bible. As we discover in the verses above, God sees it and it causes Him to cry out in agony and in anger.
It is also important to note that from an historical perspective, the controversy surrounding "Abortion" goes back thousands of years.
We find this issue mentioned in the book of Psalms ...
Quotes from the ancient Christian Church fathers
In the following passages (including the years which they were written) which have been excerpted from Dr. Ken Johnson's book "The Ancient Church Fathers" (pp. 132-135) we discover the controversy surrounding abortion goes back thousands of years ...
Didache, AD 100
Barnabas, AD 100
Tertullian, AD 200
Nations 1.15 - Christians do not kill infants before or after birth.
Treatise of the Soul 1.25 - Heretics maintain that the soul is not conceived in the womb. They maintain that the soul is deposited much later, after conception. Christians teach abortion is murder.
Treatise of the Soul 1.26 - Among surgeons' tools there is a certain instrument that is formed with a nicely-adjusted flexible frame for first of all opening the uterus and then keeping it open. It also has a circular blade, by means of which the limbs within the womb are dissected with careful but unflinching care. Its last appendage is a blunted or covered hook, by which the entire fetus is extracted by a violent delivery. There is also a copper needle or spike, by which the actual death is brought about in their treacherous robbery of life. From its infanticide function, they give the name, "killer of the infant" – which infant, of course, had once been alive.
Hippolytus, AD 206
Against Heresies 9.7 - Women who were reputed believers began to resort to drugs for producing sterility. They also girded themselves around, so as to expel what was being conceived. For they did not wish to have a child by either a slave or by any common fellow – out of concern for their family and their excessive wealth. See what a great impiety the Lawless One has advanced. He teaches adultery and murder at the same time.
For our purposes, these early Church writings appear to support the position that Abortion would be considered against God's Law, and therefore could qualify as a prophetic form of "Lawlessness," which is a key and important component found in several of the Bible Prophecies we are studying and presenting for test.
As mentioned earlier, these Bible prophecy studies are written to help identify and present a significant sampling of Bible Prophecies in order to scientifically or mathematically (statistically) test to determine whether or not the generation alive today is (or could be) the prophetic generation which will enter into the dark terrors of the Apocalypse and Armadeddon.
It is up to each individual reader to objectively determine for themselves whether or not these issues, or any of the social or global issues presented in these studies, should or should not be considered prophetically significant.
LYING AND DECEIVING:
What DOES the Bible say about Lying and Deceiving?
The Bible warns "in the last days" (around the time of the coming Apocalypse) a generation of evil men and women would rise. We are told that lying, deceiving, and being deceived will characterize that generation (and its leaders) who will lead the world into the coming Apocalypse. To help clarify the terminologies, it should be noted that 'lying' and 'deceiving' are a little different. Deceiving is considered worse than lying because deceiving (deception) mixes some truth in with the lie, which makes it much more difficult to discern the lie.
The Bible is very adamant about us knowing this prophecy ...
"But KNOW this,
The Scriptures tell us God cannot lie and that He hates all lies.
God says truth is non-negotiable and is fundamental to His Law. In fact, the Bible tells us at least five times it is "impossible" for God to lie.
In the past, liars and perjurers were held accountable and dealt with harshly and severely. Today we see lying casually accepted in the news, in the movies, and on television. Lying is now being presented as funny and harmless. This generation is unique in its reaction to liars and perjurers. This nation even lifted up a recent President whose most notable characteristic was revealed by flagrantly staring into a TV camera and wagging his finger while blatantly lying to the whole nation. Even though later convicted for criminal perjury he is still a very popular leader.
Many in this generation today mock our nation's Rules of Law. Many now also mock God's Law. As noted, telling the truth is fundamental to God’s Law. In the Bible we find when a nation and its leaders defiantly mock, ignore, and turn their backs on God’s Law, the future of that nation and people is always very, very grim ...
Stark Warnings ...
"But the cowardly,
Please remember . . .
The Kingdom of Heaven is available to every man, woman, boy, and girl in this world, no matter who they are, where they live, or what they have done. It is freely offered to any and all who will receive it. Simply learn of Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah, invite Him into your life as Lord, believe He died on the Cross for all of your sins and rose from the grave (proving there is a Kingdom of Heaven ... and a Hell). Learn of Him and believe in Him . . . for He was the only one who has ever loved you enough to substitute Himself for you on the Cross. He shed His blood, suffered, and died on the Cross to save you from your sins and from the utter darkness and torment of Hell, if you will accept it, believe it, and trust in it. That is why Jesus is called Savior. He now lovingly and graciously offers you life in Heaven (and we are warned it is a "take it or leave it" proposition.) We have to consciously receive it and accept it in faith. If you sincerely admit you have sinned (which means you will need a Savior to get into Heaven) and ask Jesus to come into your life and honestly try to stop doing (and saying) those things God says are wrong, you will go to Heaven ... and with open arms and tears of joy He will receive all who will come to Him in faith and in love ... It's God's Promise!!!
The only unpardonable sin is to reject God's love and His free offer of life in the Kingdom of Heaven by rejecting Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) who stepped forth from Eternity ("from of old, from everlasting"... see Micah 5:2) ... not to condemn the sinner, but to save the sinner (from the torment of Hell) and who willingly and lovingly shed His blood on the Cross so we can be washed clean of all our sins. The Bible warns there will be no peace in our lives until we make peace with God through His Son, Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah. The Bible also says there will be no peace in Israel or on Earth until Jesus (Yeshua), the Messiah returns . . .
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